Plant Trees in Honor of Your Loved Ones

Wouldn’t it be great if you could help the environment and at the same time honor your loved ones? I am excited to tell you two touching ways to leave a lasting impression, through the Trees in Celebration and Trees in Memory program—an initiative that plants trees in celebration or in memory of your family and friends. It’s a win-win!

TIM_card_with_textWhether it is the celebration of a milestone birthday or anniversary, graduation from high school or college, or even the birth of a new baby – whatever the event, give them a gift that will live on long after the party is over. Trees in Celebration lets you celebrate your friends and family in an enduring way: every dollar plants a tree in one of our nation’s forests in the name of the recipient and is recorded in our official Tree Registry. You receive a commemorative certificate for every donation you make, or if you are giving a last-minute gift you have the option to print at home. It is that easy!

Just as we celebrate, we also grieve. Trees in Memory is a meaningful way to have trees planted in memory of a lost loved one or friend. I’ve personally donated to Trees in Memory in honor of those who have passed in lieu of flowers. I received notes of appreciation that the spirit of their loved one will live on in a lasting and memorable way.

Similar to Trees in Celebration, every donation plants trees in one of our nation’s forests that have been devastated by natural disasters, whether it’s a forest fire or storm. The name of the recipient will be recorded in our official Tree Registry and you have the option to ship the personalized card to yourself or directly to the recipient. In addition, you can download and print a certificate at home.

Planting a tree is an act of direct benefit to all. They benefit the environment in numerous ways, including clean air and water, combating climate change, and providing habitat for animals – to name just a few. In addition to all of the environmental benefits, trees also provide healing attributes – including stress release.

The next time you are looking for a way to celebrate or memorialize your loved ones I encourage you to consider Trees in Celebration and Trees in Memory. You’ll be glad you did. Visit our website to get started.

Replanting Our Forests: Tahoe National Forest

One of the joys of hiking is the serenity that suppress you when you’re in the wild. The calm of the forest, the scent of freshwater and pine needles. This temporary detachment from life isn’t something easily found, but when it is you build a continuous yearning to return to it.

IMG_0731A few weeks ago, I visited Tahoe National Forest to witness forest restoration firsthand after the destructive American River Fire that has deprived thousands of visitors of their solace in the wild. In 2013 the American Fire burned through 22,500 acres of trees, leaving the need to restore at least 7,300 acres of forest in order to preserve the Tahoe National Forest land.

I spent the day wandering through the forest torn between inspiration and concern. It was inspiring to witness, firsthand, the difference our supporters are making in the restoration of this beautiful area. And yet, there were moments when that inspiration was subdued by the grey haze of forests currently burning all around us.

IMG_0751The Butte Fire, Rough Fire and Valley Fire were not too far and were less than forty percent contained. Additionally, we had more immediate concerns to deal with. The charred forest presented its fair-share of obstacles, including a large number of snags—dead trees that can fall without warning. It’s a sinking feeling, knowing the reason for wearing a hardhat is out of the safety of a falling tree and not a falling acorn.

We visited four different sites where seedlings had been planted and learned how the planting grids were established and their timeline for coming back to hand-release competition from surrounding new seedlings.

Thanks to the support of our members through the Trees In Memory and Trees in Celebration program, more than 600,000 incense cedar, Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Douglas-Fir trees will be planted across 2,600 acres of forestland, restoring wildlife habitat and natural beauty to a treasured land.

IMG_0753These visits to our replanting sites leave me humbled by the large scale of need and excited about the potential for recovery. Upon our return to Foresthill, California we stopped at a 100-yr old Giant Sequoia grove. Exploring these massive beauties reminded me of what treasures our forests are. But a forest without trees isn’t a forest.

Visit Replanting our Forests to learn more about our replanting efforts.